Big Ideas Government: Canada 2020 Launches "The Canada We Want in 2020"

OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Healthcare. Balancing carbon production and consumption. Income inequality. Capitalizing on Asian markets. Productivity. These are the five strategic priorities that the federal government needs to focus on over the next decade, said Canada 2020, an Ottawa-based progressive think tank as they released the new book, The Canada We Want in 2020: Towards a strategic policy roadmap for the federal government.

"Canada 2020 believes that Canada needs big ideas government, an effective and activist government, not big government," said Tim Barber, Co-Founder, Canada 2020. "We believe that the federal government has an important role in developing and implementing strategic policies - and building consensus around these policies - to guide Canada to a stable and prosperous future."

The Canada We Want in 2020 is an edited volume of 15 papers by leading Canadians - business leaders, former senior politicians and public servants, and academics. The authors propose a variety of policy options to address challenges and opportunities in the five areas identified by Canada 2020.

By compiling these wide-ranging ideas into a policy book, Canada 2020 is kick-starting a year-long process designed to encourage Canadians to participate in the discussions around specific actions the federal government should take in order to secure Canada's future prosperity.

"Canada 2020 wants people talking about what Canada needs to do to optimize its position domestically and globally as we come out of this recession," said Tim Barber, Co-Founder, Canada 2020.

"It's time to start a national conversation, and the ideas put forth in The Canada We Want in 2020 are the opening remarks. Over the next year, Canada 2020 will be leading live and online discussions with Canadians, towards policy solutions for Canada, we invite all Canadians to join in," Tim Barber concluded.

To join the conversation, please visit www.canada2020.ca.

About Canada 2020:
Canada 2020 is a non-partisan, progressive centre created to provide policy options and ideas for Canadian decision makers and leaders. Canada 2020's goal is to create an environment of social and economic prosperity for Canada and Canadians by identifying and developing progressive policy ideas through the engagement of Canada's business and political and community leaders. www.canada2020.ca

Contributors and article titles:
INCREASING INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY
Kevin G. Lynch: Desperately Seeking a More Innovative Canada
Lawson Hunter and Peter Nicholson: An Innovation Agenda for the Public Sector
Jim Stanford: Canada's Productivity and Innovation Failures: Questioning the Conventional Wisdom

RISING TO MEET THE ASIA CHALLENGE
Dominic Barton: Rising to Meet the Asia Challenge and Opportunity
Yuen Pau Woo: A Leap-Frog Strategy for Relations with Asia
Rana Sarkar: The Big Challenge: Adjusting to the Asia Century

SQUARING THE CARBON CIRCLE
Lorraine Mitchelmore: Losing the 2020 Battle: Winning the 2050 War
Ian Mallory: Canada's Carbon Challenge: Reducing Emissions while Maintaining our Quality of Life
Stewart Elgie and Alex Wood: Building a Low-Carbon, High-Octane Canadian Economy

REDUCING INCOME DISPARITIES AND POLARIZATION
Mark Cameron: Why Canadians Should Care About Income Inequality
Andrew Sharpe: Income Redistribution in Canada
Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle: Inequality is not Inevitable

SECURING OUR HEALTH SYSTEM FOR THE FUTURE
Philippe Couillard: Lessons from 2004, Perspectives for 2014
Francesca Grosso and Michael Decter: Four Federal Initiatives to Improve Affordability, Productivity and Accountability
Mark Stabile: Paying for the Healthcare We Want

SOURCE Canada 2020

For further information:

Susan Smith, susan@canada2020.ca  t: 613-241-3512 x 221 or c: 613-371-0624
Marie-France MacKinnon, marie.france@blueskystrategygroup.com  c: 613-853-3940


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